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Pastoralist communities living in 3 counties will receive training aimed at enhancing their capacity in dealing with adverse effects of climate change, thanks to a new initiative dubbed ‘Pastoralist Community Climate Resilience Programme’ (PCCRP).
The 6-month project will also help to develop a ‘County Climate Change Mainstreaming Framework’ with a view of advocating for its adoption. The project that targets communities living in Marsabit, Isiolo and Turkana counties as well as their respective county governments, will be implemented by the National Council of Churches of Kenya and her development partners.
Speaking to Jumuia news after the programmes successful launch, NCCK’s Programs Officer in charge of Environment and Natural Resource Management Joy Baraza, expressed optimism that the project will meet its objectives.
Baraza underscored the importance of the project terming the intervention as ‘timely’. She said: “This intervention comes at a time when there are quite many policy frameworks and strategies here in Kenya that point to the fact climate change is real and show commitment to address yet progress is slow. Communities continue to suffer from the effects of adverse weather conditions like drought and even floods.”
Baraza added that the action taken ought to be urgent. “We are coming in to ensure that the capacities of targeted counties are enhanced and alive to the fact that climate change is a global concern. You must therefore ensure that whatever you do you are contributing towards reducing climate change,” she offered.
The Pastoralist Community Climate Resilience Programme comes barely a year following last year’s unanimous approval of the first universal climate agreement during the COP21 conference held in Paris France.